Light on Snow
by Anita Shreve
Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0316781487
Rating: 10/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Light on Snow
Little, Brown, Oct 2004, $25.95, 304 pp.
Thirty years old Nicky looks back at the event that changed her and her father from gloom and depression to hope for the future. Just prior to Christmas 1983 in New Hampshire, twelve years old Nicky Dillon and her father Robert walk in the woods when they find an abandoned newborn female with the umbilical cord still attached. They take the blood drenched infant to the nearest hospital while the police search for the parents. The incident shakes both Dillons to the core because it serves as a fragile reminder of life; two years ago Nicky's mother and her one-year-old sister died in a car crash in Westchester County.
Not long after the baby survives her ordeal, the nineteen years old mother Charlotte arrives at the Dillon home to learn how her infant is doing. Robert wants Charlotte to leave as he is feels nothing but contempt for her, but refuses to turn her into the police. A blizzard forces Robert to allow the still fatigued Charlotte to remain in his home.
LIGHT ON SNOW is an engaging character study that emphasizes how pivotal events impact a person’s life. The story line is seen through the almost two decade looking back perspective of Nicky, who uses an adult lens to look back to her preadolescence in which she and her father were shrouded in grief until the rescue occurs. Although the total blame to the abandonment belongs to the father of the baby making it too easy to loath him and sympathize with everyone else including the mother and for the rest of the key cast to forge relationships, fans of Anita Shreve will appreciate her latest tale.
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